There is an alarming trend in Australia at the moment. While the world struggles with climate change and population, we here are experiencing a knee-jerk reaction to supposed ills that are befalling us, and the governments seem far too quick to react with their band-aid solutions. I am seeing more cases in the media every day of what can only be pandering to minorities and special interest groups, where minor problems are becoming issues big enough to change policy over. Case in point, here in… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 6, 2011 at 3:21am —
One of the biggest issues with the NSCP is that we don't know the level of qualifications held by those who will be teaching SRE in schools. This is an example of religion being held in distinction from the rest of society, as a thing of morality and trustworthiness. All we need to do is look at the Catholic church and its ministers to know this is not the case.
According to the government discussion paper supplied on the government's website about the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:45pm —
As you know, I believe education is the key to beginning to solve all of the woes we have in society today. Yes all of them. From world hunger to population, from wars to disease, from terrorism to the production of clean and renewable energy. Each of these can be solved if we educate the people who are directly effected by them, and those who go into areas to help. In fact I can't think of one situation that cannot be made better without education, at least in the long term. Education should… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:44pm —
Humans can believe some pretty strange things. I have met people who claim to be able to see my "aura", and that depending on the "colour and shape" of this aura, they can make a determination of my physical or mental health. I've met others (actually sometimes the same people) who claim that by laying their hands on me, they can cure me of whatever ails me, from sore muscles to an upset stomach. Even stranger, I have met people who claim to be able to see into my future by "interpreting the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:43pm —
I just used StumbleUpon and found this page: http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/atrocities.html.
The first chart was interesting, showing how many people have been killed for other reasons than religion. Most of those were due to land and power struggles, invasions, and corrupt or inept governments. However, every one of those countries or groups had religion of some sort (even the Mongols, who were… Continue
Added by Sean Fraser on May 19, 2011 at 4:05am —
first, do make sure you tune in tonight to check out Greg's interview with philosopher of religion Dr. Matt McCormick! Greg and Dr. McCormick talk about some basic issues in philosophy of religion and then move on to talking about undermining a belief in the resurrection by pointing to witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts (the Salem Witch Trials). it's excellent stuff that's instantly usable in debates… Continue
Added by Nelson on May 8, 2011 at 2:09am —
Every religion says it is the right one, and there is no way that they can all be correct. In fact, I'd go so far to say that they are all wrong. But... science is wrong too. (!?)
In science and other practices that view and measure the natural world people readily admit that they have only some of the answers to the mysteries of the universe. When new information presents itself, that information is added to the knowledge already gathered, an if it means altering the information we… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:32pm —
Since the most holy of weekends in the Christian calendar has now passed, the folks at Outreach Media
have decided to shift their focus form worshiping the death of Jesus, to look at the topic of birth and conception. This month's poster reads:
"You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13"… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:31pm —
I’ve always been one to let curiosity get the best of me. On the playground as a child, I refused to use the space as it was intended the way other children did. I played on the roof, I played on the outside of the walls, I climbed up the support beams. I wasn’t inclined to be restricted by the ‘right’ way to interact with the space set out for me. This trend of individualism marked many important decisions in my life, from being an exchange student… Continue
Added by Derek S Murphy on April 26, 2011 at 1:30am —
From Martin S Pribble
Australia is in a very privileged position this year. We have an opportunity to tell our government who we really are, what we treasure about our lives in Australia and what we would like to see in our future in this country. In a country that seems to be increasingly pandering to the Australian… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on April 11, 2011 at 8:47pm —
Do you think that there are enough books written on deconverting from religion? Do you think there need to be more? Which kind of books on ex - christianity, do you think are most needed? Personal accounts? Scientific accounts? Historical accounts?
Added by Kat Caldera on April 10, 2011 at 4:00pm —
from Martin Pribble
While I may have a strange optimism for the future of humanity, and I think that the answer lies not in the division of the religious and the secular but in the joint efforts of all involved, I still see it as a troublesome proposition. As you may have seen in the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:11pm —
from Martin Pribble (March 19 2011) Continue
A strange optimism has overcome me today. With all the disasters and unrest around the world right now, you might call me crazy, but hear me out and you may agree with me.
We tend to be a very self-centred and self-interested lot, us humans, and we will always try to look after our own immediate family and community, forsaking the rest of the world in favour of our own…
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:07pm —
from Martin Pribble
1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.2The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. Continue
3They are all gone aside,…
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 7:25pm —
In my recent interview with PZ Myers
, when asked "Is atheism even something you think about, or is it merely part of having an informed knowledge of the universe and its workings?" he stated:
"Atheism is a natural conclusion of rational and scientific thinking."
Bingo! He hit the nail on the head, and… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on November 29, 2010 at 5:00pm —
From Martin S Pribble
"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on November 10, 2010 at 7:41pm —
From Martin S Pribble
This is the fourth in a series of interviews with people who are prominent in the worlds of atheism, science, skepticism and rational thought.
This interview is with the prominent biologist and outspoken atheist Professor Paul Zachary (PZ) Myers
. PZ is well known for his defence of science… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on November 8, 2010 at 11:30pm —
from Martin S Pribble blog
I have too many things floating around my head right now to make a real point with this blog entry, so bear with me while I go on a cathartic rant.
I have recently seen a lot of criticisms about the "New Atheist Movement" saying it's disruptive and threatens to destroy society and all it holds dear. Some even say it will cause the end of the world. Most of the criticism is aimed at the so-called… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on October 27, 2010 at 7:43pm —
“The Prominent People Project” is a series of interviews (kicking off on October 10, 2010) with a selection of prominent figures in humanism, atheism, science and critical thinking. Most of these will be in the form of written interviews, but who knows? I might, down the track, do some video or audio interviews too. This will be dependent on how these interviews are received by my readers.
My first interview is with the American Hip Hop artist… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on October 11, 2010 at 2:50am —
from Atheist Climber blog
There are people who claim that science and religion can exist side-by-side,
one asking the "how" questions (science) and the other asking the "why" questions (religion). I'd like to say I disagree with this stance, and for a few simple reasons.…
Added by Martin Pribble on October 7, 2010 at 10:09pm —